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Masks as Magic: Interdisciplinary Creativity And Play From A Kapwa Perspective

Masks have always played an important part in many different cultures. Many were rooted in tribal ceremonies to seek guidance and revelations from ancestral spirits. Wearing masks is thought to transform the wearer into the entity the mask represents. For this class, we will create a space together engaging in character creation and channeling spirits to discover new aspects of ourselves. The class will introduce ways of being able to construct a wearable mask sculpture centered from basic cardboard construction and papermache techniques that can be easily modified. The qualities of what we create will be rooted in the narratives around who we are and the relationship we all have to the natural world and to our imagination.

In Filipino, kapwa is the unity of the ‘self’ and ‘others.’ The English ‘others’ is actually used in opposition to the ‘self,’ and implies the recognition of the self as a separate identity. In contrast, kapwa is a recognition of shared identity, an inner self shared with others.


Members receive 10% off!

  • Tuition: $285
  • Location: Kala Community Classroom
  • Instructor: champoy
  • 6 Classes
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 — November 16, 2022
  • 7:00PM — 9:00PM
  • $20 - Paid towards the instructor on the first day


About the Instructor:

champoy is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and educator weaving historical and personal narratives through film, installation and performance. Born and raised in the highlands of Bukidnon, a landlocked province in the island of Mindanao, they have an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts – Major In Advertising Arts from the University Of San Carlos in the island of Cebu and an MFA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley.

In 2021, they worked on a multimedia installation project entitled “Dismantle With Care (or When There’s Nothing Hindering Something From Being A Replica Of What It Was Supposed To Transform)” which was exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives. They also made an experimental film, a collaboration with their daughter, entitled ” Ancestors Calling Collect”. The film was prompted from their research into the colonial circulation of objects from the Philippines to US museums poetically woven with moments of their life during the pandemic lockdown. It was featured as one of the films at the APAture Festival’s 2021 Film Showcase.

They are a recipient of the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize For Excellence In Creative Practice, the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, a Nancy Sayavong Materials Grant, the East Bay Fund for Individuals in the Arts and very recently a fully funded fellowship through The Alternative Art School to work with artist Nato Thompson.

They are currently a graduate fellow at The Headlands Center For The Arts; the fellowship group show, “Phantom Limb”,  was exhibited at the Kala Gallery in  June 2022. They are also a co-creator at The School For The Ecocene, while also being a full-time parent.